The Cabinet Secretary Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Sicily K. Kariuki (Mrs.) EGH accompanied by CAS Dr.Andrew Tuimur CBS, PS Joseph Wairagu Irungu CBS and other top Ministry officials witnessed the flagging off students for 11 months internship program to Israel.
The students being flagged off to Israel are drawn from KEWI, Egerton University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and Embu University. The Deputy Ambassador, State of Israel Ms. Dvora Dorsman Yarkoni was present to witness the flagging off exercise.Students from KEWI are Abdulahi Mohamed, Akoth Evelyne, Alice Kakwasi,Fredrick Oketch, Fredrick Ochieng, James Keshe.
Speaking before the official flagging off ceremony, the Cabinet Secretary Madam Sicily stated that the exchange program was as a result of the agreement that was signed by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Rt.Hon.Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel on 23rd February, 2016 and commonly referred to as The Jerusalem Declaration or the Declaration on Collaboration in Water and Irrigation. The CS further stated that due to the good cordial relations between Kenya and Israel, many sectors such as Agriculture and Irrigation, Water and Sanitation, Environment Conservation and Protection, Education, Security, Health, Dry Land Forestry and Disaster Preparedness and Management, have benefited from the Israel government.
From the initial flagging off the students to Israel since 2016 to date, over 440 students have been trained under the annual 11 months training. The training entails among other courses, Development of Water Resources, Waste Water Recycling and Reuse, Irrigation with emphasis on advanced efficient water use technologies, and facilitation of short and long term activities in Israel and Kenya.
Present during the event included AICAT Alumni, MASHAV representatives, Prof. Patrick Hayombe- KEWI CEO, Prof. Stephen Kiama-VC UoN and Coordinators from various institutions where the students are drawn to join the program.